Venice is often referred to as the City of Bridges or the Floating City, owing to the fact that it is located across no less than 118 small islands, separated by canals but linked by bridges. Go to Venice for a gondola ride down the Grand Canal or to witness the glory of the Venetian architecture in Basilica di San Marco. Visit the city created on sand, slime and mud to just dip your feet in its rich history and cultural heritage. The city to its credit has many firsts and you will not have an easy time deciding which to visit first.
Useful Tips for Tourists Flying to Venice
Where to shop
Style is almost synonymous with Venice. It is the Venetians who keep giving the runways a glimpse of what all can be done with a vivid imagination and perfect craftsmanship, be it the leather handbags made by Silvano Arnoldo and Massimiliano Battois or the pieces from their range of women’s wear. For the best Venetian market experiences head to Rialto on the San Pablo side of the bridge, a market that has been here since ages. At Mondo Novo you can browse at amazing face masks. The main designer boutiques Prada, Armani, Gucci and others lie west of piazza San Marco in a network of adjoining streets.
What to eat
A grand feast was once offered to France’s king Henry III which featured 1200 dishes and 200 bonbons. Today the bars offer a similar lavish meal during the happy hours, in the company of cicheti, the Venetian equivalent of tapas. Seafood and lagoon fish of many varieties is on offer here in Venice. The star antipasto or appetizer of the Venetian fare remains the sweet and tangy Sarde in saor which consists of sardine fillets marinated in vinegar, onion, pine nuts and raisins. Rice is another commonly grown staple and Risotto al nero di sepia wins over the most persistent of rice critics. The dish is made of rice, squid, wine, onion and tomato and is black in color owing to the use of squid ink in its preparation. Moleche or green crabs are a seasonal delicacy found during the spring. Don’t forget to have some baicoli or ship biscuits with your evening tea. Fritole for those with a sweet tooth are a must as well.
A Few Italian Words
Learning just a few words and phrases in the local language can help you enjoy your trip even more and would definitely help you win favor from the locals.
• Thank You:
• Where is the toilet?:
Dove xelo el bagno?
• Where can I find a taxi?:
Dove posso trovare un taxi
• How much does it cost?:
Dos and Don’ts
• Do make time to attend a concert.
• Don’t feed the birds. It is a punishable offence.
• Do discuss the rate with your gondolier before getting on a gondola ride.
Emergency contact numbers
• Emergency services: 112
• 24-hour Chemist: +39 041 720 153
• Fire: 115
• Police: 113
• Ambulance: 118
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